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In the tradition of long strange trips across wide open spaces, the Colin L. Orchestra arrived at the offices of Northern-Spy Records via Colin Langenus’ previous project, USAISAMONSTER. He’s exchanged his previous duo for a full-scale rock orchestra of his bestest buds on multiple guitars, drums, violins, keyboards. Their first project, Infinite Ease/Good God, is full-scale indeed, available as a double-CD or a deluxe fully re-mastered for vinyl version of Infinite Ease with a digital download of Good God. Though three years in the making, they flow as smoothly as an inner tube on a lazy stream on a summers afternoon. Three years setting schemes and arranging sleeping dreams have culminated in two lush, flowing albums full of anthems and wee small moments. From the supple bass line that opens, “You Need Sleep”, to crunches of guitar shred melting into velvet strings on their way to a country ditty that would do Graham Parsons proud. Here is a double-pleasure that re-envisions the jam band and, at the same time, indie rock, meshing together minimalistic repetitive jams, bright melodies, and loose, easy-going vocals all in the sole service of aiding your bliss.
It’s been a minute since Matt Bauer graced a Brooklyn stage. A few years ago he packed his banjo and bid his New York band adieu for touring and Austin life. When Brittain Ashford (of Prairie Empire) heard he was returning to the area she asked him to join forces for a show. Ashford, as well, has been generally absent from the bar venues of New York, having taken a role in the critically acclaimed rock opera Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. With that show coming to a close, could there be a better time to reunite old friends? Both Bauer and Ashford will be flanked by their respective bands.
Joining them will be the newly formed Creature Mines. The boyfriend/girlfriend duo utilize projections and some not-so-traditional instruments in their live act for a sweet and endearing show.
ABOUT MATT BAUER
“If you’ve never heard Matt Bauer’s staggeringly beautiful The Island Moved in the Storm (2008), I suggest you stop reading now and remedy that situation posthaste. I say that simply because thoroughly digesting that record is about the only thing that can prepare you for Bauer’s upcoming release, The Jessamine County Book Of The Living.”
– My Old Kentucky Blog